Quote: Tony Cowards @ 23rd January 2014, 10:46 AM GMT
Nick, I agree to a certain extent although I think very few working comedians actually "steal" jokes, certainly not on, what used to known as, the "Alternative" circuit, because a reputation as a "joke thief" is not a good thing.
I put my jokes on twitter, which has lead to me getting quite a lot of writing work, but, on the downside, it means that my jokes turn up on Sickepedia and similar sites all the time, mostly unattributed but, unfortunately for me, that's a fact of life.
Outside of the comedy business no-one cares who wrote a certain joke, in fact most people don't even think jokes are written, they seem to think that they exist in some sort of ether, pre-written, just waiting for someone to tell them or post them on the internet.
However, if you want to work in the comedy business it's worth trying be at least a little bit aware of other, more famous comedian's material and avoiding replicating it if you are going to perform on stage or try to sell the jokes.
Excellent reply Tony, thank you. Sickipedia does indeed get a bad reputation for people visiting gigs then posting a joke on the site. However, an awful lot of jokes do get credited where applicable. It also works the other way. I know the majority of the main writers who frequent the hottest of the day jokes, and none of them would dream of posting others work.
I've been to gigs that have been littered with jokes from the site, many of them written by the reputable writers on the site, so blatantly ripped off. One comedian who makes a very lucrative stand up career based in Manchester basically copies and pastes EVERY joke from the site on his twitter feed. Low and behold, his "sets" are pretty much the same.
I know it's only a small minority that do this, and ultimately I'm sure quite a few people are aware they lift jokes from elsewhere, but it just makes me sad that a) the excellent writers who wrote jokes for fun get there work ripped off and b) that all Sickipedia users get tarred with the same brush.